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|Style||T'ai chi ch'uan (Taijiquan)|
|Notable students||Chen Wangting|
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Wang Zongyue was a legendary figure in the history of t'ai chi ch'uan (taijiquan). In some writings, Wang was a famous student of the legendary Zhang Sanfeng, a 13th-century Taoist monk credited with devising neijia in general and t'ai chi ch'uan in particular.
Wang is also said to have resided in Tai-Gu County, Shan Xi Province in the middle of the 15th Century, and to have learned an early form of t'ai chi in the Jing-Tai Taoist Temple at Bao-ji County. Two who are said to be Wang's disciples, Chen Zouting and Jiang Fa, went on to make important contributions to the development of modern t'ai chi ch'uan.
Wang is reputed to have authored The T'ai Chi Treatise, alleged by the Wu brothers to have been found in Beijing as part of the Salt Shop Manuals in the mid 19th century. This treatise records many t'ai chi proverbs; among them: "four ounces deflect one thousand pounds" and "a feather cannot be added; nor can a fly alight". The T'ai Chi Treatise is among a body of literature collectively referred to as the T'ai chi classics by many t'ai chi ch'uan schools.
T'ai chi ch'uan lineage tree
- This lineage tree is not comprehensive, but depicts those considered the "gate-keepers" and most recognised individuals in each generation of the respective styles.
- Although many styles were passed down to respective descendants of the same family, the lineage focused on is that of the martial art and its main styles, not necessarily that of the families.
- Each (coloured) style depicted below has a lineage tree on its respective article page that is focused on that specific style, showing a greater insight into the highly significant individuals in its lineage.
- Names denoted by an asterisk are legendary or semi-legendary figures in the lineage; while their involvement in the lineage is accepted by most of the major schools, it is not independently verifiable from known historical records.
Connection to Karate
- Doc Fai-Wong; Hallander, Jane Tai Chi Chuan's Internal Secrets (1991) Unique Publications . ISBN 978-0-86568-147-7
- Yang Jwing-Ming Tai Chi Secrets of the Yang Style: Chinese Classics, Translations, Commentary (2001) YMAA Publication Center. ISBN 978-1-886969-09-4
- Albert Liu, Nei Jia Quan: Internal Martial Arts, North Atlantic Books, 2004
- "The Lost Book of Kushanku"